This week saw the much talked about first UK airing of "Glee" on E4 (repeated on C4). It focuses on a passionate teacher who is trying to make a success of the high school's glee club. The glee club is seen as the hang out for the losers and the geeks, the real goal for the glee club is to help these teenagers discover their worth and realize their potential, despite what others think.
Rachel says in the first episode that Being part of something special (the glee club) makes you feel special.
What makes you feel special?
You've heard it, I've heard it, even it seems the kids on South Park have heard it... Susan Boyle has a great voice, but isn't quite Katherine Jenkins in the looks department. She's gone the 47 years of her life without the likelihood of making it big in the entertainment industry, in all probability based on her appearance.
And yet... scores of celebs, without any 'obvious talents' but with generally accepted good looks (I'm thinking Ms Hilton, Ms Geldof, Ms Katona, Mr Best Jr, etc) hog our newspaper pages and get to write guest columns in glossy mags.
As I got thinking about this, I realised that it's almost impossible not to fall into the trap of judging people.
The novelist Julie Myerson has been slammed for throwing her drug addicted son Jake out of the house and then publicly exposing him by interweaving his troubles into her latest novel.
20-year-old Jake, who was 17 when his mother changed the locks of their Clapham home so that he couldn't get back in, has described his mother's actions as 'obscene'. He has further accused her of being "wrapped up in her own world".
Last month, a report by The Church of England Children's Society - A Good Childhood - said that the selfishness of parents and adults was contributing to the unhappiness of our children (a 2007 UNICEF report found British children to be the unhappiest in the Western world).
Summer 2008 has seen men and women from over 200 nations facing a once in a lifetime opportunity to win 'the prize above all others' in sport at the games of the 29th Olympiad in Beijing. But as we join in the celebrations alongside the medal winners, do we forget the true prize - as well as the price - in sporting competition which, anyway, is still not truly open to all?
Should Christians, indeed, be supporting competitive sport at all? What happened to preaching an agenda which seemingly overturns all the normal rules of sport so that the "first become last and the last become first"?
I have to admit I was surprised by some of The Times Online's choices for the 20 best films for children. The Jungle Book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the new one - not the 70s one with Gene Wilder which is frankly terrifying) and The Wizard of Oz absolutely definitely should be in there.
But Heathers? The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Blade Runner? Cracking films for sure, but would you want your five-year-old sat merrily in front of the TV, munching away on a packet of Wotsits, watching them? Probably not.
It has recently been announced that a Yale Divinity course has been designed to explore and study theology in the Harry Potter books.
Danielle Tumminio, a Yale Divinity School graduate student who instructs a course called 'Christian Theology and Harry Potter' would argue that the stories are religious allegories.
Her course uses all seven Potter books to examine Christian themes such as sin, evil and resurrection.
Should sports stars who have been banned for drug abuse ever be allowed to represent Britain again?
There is currently some disparity even within one sport. The British Olympic Association imposes a lifetime ban on anyone found guilty of using drugs. In contrast, in British athletics more generally, athletes who have served their ban - usually two years - can compete again.
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy has been a modern publishing phenomenon. Not only have the books been international best sellers but they have won plaudits and prizes at every turn and proved to be a huge commercial success.
Pullman's trilogy has caused consternation among some Christian groups who believe the books undermine the Church and attack God. The Association of Christian Teachers has called for them to be banned in primary schools. Its spokesman declared them to be full of "heresy and blasphemy"...
"Yes madam can I help you?
Yes, you'd like a 'rock star'; why I think we have some just in.
What type were you wanting? 'Elegantly wasted' or a complete mess?
Well we have two just in - a Mr Doherty and a Miss Winehouse.
'What type are they?' It depends on your point of view..."
Last Saturday I had a few hours to kill so my husband and I toddled off to the cinema to see Evan Almighty. Contrary to my expectations (and the newspaper reviews), it wasn't completely pants.
Don't get me wrong - I was a big fan of Bruce Almighty - but I just wasn't convinced they could pull it off a second time....